Monday, October 24, 2011
And now for the educational portion of our trip
[The following entries are being written a month after the fact. I have no excuse, other than laziness and a severe case of procrastination; story of my life. So, without further ado … ]
There were three reasons why I decided to drive to Detroit:
- Nathan and Melanie's wedding;
- Buddy's Pizza;
- one exhibit at The Ford Museum.
Two down, one to go.
The sole exhibit I wanted to see was Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion House. When I first read about it (oh, some time in 2003 or 2004 I think) it seemed like an incredible idea—an entire house, mass produced like a car, out of aluminium, with no part weighting more than 10 pounds (or something silly like that). There were even two pre-built bathrooms installed in the house (out of four parts). Crazy stuff.
I took a ton of pictures [most of which, upon viewing, don't make a lot of sense unless you know what you are looking at. —Editor] on about three passes through the house.
Bunny was able to pull me away to view some of the other exhibits in the museum, like the trains:
And she convinced me
to go out and view a portion of Green
Village, which was much better than I expected. Little did I know that
many of the buildings were the original buildings, moved, at Henry
Ford's expense, to Green wichfield Village as part of the
It was interesting to see old technology still in use in the village, and
just how clever it was too. We didn't see the entire village (Thomas
Edison's laboratory is somewhere in Green
wichfield Village) but
what we did see was incredible.